9/10
One of the greatest movies of history
18 November 2020
Warning: Spoilers
The form before the plot, the aesthetics before the American myth and music as a common thread. Sergio Leone grew up watching westerns and he teaches us about it in Until His Time Has Come. Leone plays with us like he did with the Ford movies. Frank (Henry Fonda) as a wonderful antagonist and an outstanding soundtrack. Symbolic, contemplative and fascinating. Once upon a time there was the most famous simmered revenge in Spaghetti western.

The beggining; hypnotic and elongated wonder. That nod to Solo in the face of danger (Fred Zinnemann, 1952), faces, music stops, boots, hats, revolver and the fly. An unbalanced duel with the air of a fable

Harmonica: And Frank?

Snaky: Frank sent us.

Harmonica: Did you bring a horse for me?

Snaky: Well ... looks like we're ... ... looks like we're shy one horse.

Harmonica: You brought two too many.

Music is one of the most important elements of the film. Ennio Morricone composed one of the most iconic soundtracks in the history of cinema. It was created before the shoot, and Leone liked it so much that he used it to set the stage for performances on the set. In addition, he came to rewrite the script for greater text-music harmony. The harmonica leitmotif and the main theme (which was covered by Dire Straits), take on a special meaning in each shot.

One of the things that most caught my attention in this movie are the characters. None is exemplary. Jill (Claudia Cardinale) is a prostitute from New Orleans who gets to sleep with her husband's murderer; Chayenne (Jason Robards) is a criminal who resists the passage of time; Frank is ambitious, but he only knows how to use guns, so he is destined to die; Harmonica (Charles Bronson) is the product of Frank's atrocities, a man flooded with revenge, and that is why he ignores that Jill ends up falling in love with him.

Despite fleeing from the conventions of "classic western" (in the scene of the murder of the McBains, it was unthinkable not to show the back shot of the child), Leone could not avoid the final duel. Harmonica saves the man with whom she will fight to the death later. The ending is more beautiful, if possible, than the beginning of the film. A duel in The Last Sunset (Robert Aldrich, 1961), crane shots, slow-motion flashbacks ... And faces, more faces.

Until its time it is beautiful and moving. It is a fable that reinvents the western, brings it closer and charges it with emotions and memories. The outcome is a different and prosperous future, symbolized by the model that Jill holds in her hands, in which she can live together.

The film works perfectly, and among all its successes, I prefer the soundtrack by Ennio Morricone and the eyes of Henry Fonda. Probably one of the best casting hits I've seen and will ever see.

"How can you trust a man that wears both a belt and suspenders?" "Man can't even trust his own pants".
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